Alberto Rios

Conversations with Poet Alberto Rios, April 3, 2019

Join us Wednesday, April 3
Kerr-McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business, OKCU

 10-11 AM, informal poetry reading and discussion of writing process,  followed by a book signing

6:45-7:45 PM open mic for area poets preceding the formal reading

8:00-9:00 PM formal reading, open to the public, followed by a book signing

Books will be for sale on site

Alberto Rios is an endowed Professor of English and Director of the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University-Tempe. He has published ten books and chapbooks of original poetry, three short story collections, and a memoir. Among his notable poetry books are
  • his most recent book The Dangerous Shirt
  • 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award-winner The Theater of the Night
  • National Book Award finalist The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body
  • Walt Whitman Award-winner Whispering to the Fool Wind 
His story collections include The Curtain of Trees, Pig Cookies, and The Iguana Killer, which won the first Western States Book Award for Fiction, judged by Robert Penn Warren. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, Capirotada, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and was designated the OneBookArizona choice for 2009. His work has garnered attention from professional literary critics, who have studied his use of metaphor, his depiction of place, and his understanding of the cultures of the border. In 2014 Rios was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

Explore more of Alberto Rios’ poems at https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems